It wasn’t to be.
Wolves huffed and puffed but were ultimately beaten by the better team.
Not winning the game is frustrating, given the length of time we were in the lead.
But to leave the Emirates completely empty handed is a bitter pill to swallow.
Credit to Arsenal, I thought they were excellent. Their decision to stick with Mikel Arteta is really paying off.
Ultimately, it was the Spaniard’s substitutions that won the game. Pepe and Nketiah gave them fresh impetus when they needed it most.
It seems silly to question Bruno’s decision making, given the stellar work he is doing, but it did leave a lot to be desired on this occasion.
This group of players will always default to the uber cautious mentality that defined the Nuno era, but it was clear to see that fresh legs were needed sooner in the second half.
Whether that was an extra man in midfield or an earlier introduction for Neto, we should have given the Gunners more to think about.
Alas, we didn’t and the game was lost in the dying embers.
The players certainly can’t be faulted for their efforts, despite some of the moronic Jimenez slander I’ve seen on Twitter, but ultimately it was all in vain.
With the top four seemingly out of reach, attention turns to the battle for a top sixth berth.
In that context, Sunday’s clash with a faltering West Ham is huge. Win that and this defeat will soon be forgotten.
A quick aside before I sign off – huge credit to Max Kilman for playing despite the tragic events in Ukraine. I’m pretty sure I heard the commentator say he still has family there. Here’s hoping they and the rest of the Ukrainian people stay safe.